EXPLORING JUDAISM

Welcome

Welcome to Rabbi David's Exploring Judaism class. This class is for lots of different folks. Some might be serious Jews, involved with temple or synagogue, who would like to fill in a few gaps in their basic Jewish education; some might be totally unfamiliar with Judaism, may or may not be Jewish, but have heard or read something about Judaism and want to learn more. Others might be working on conversion to Judaism. All are welcome. So, in the immortal words of the 1st century Rabbinic sage Hillel, Tzei u’lmad, “Go and learn!”

This class will be held online using Google Hangouts. Anyone can watch, but if you want to participate you'll need a Google+ account and a pair of earbuds or headphones. You can download the Google Hangouts Plug-in for your computer here.

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Build Your Jewish Library
Schedule

Exploring Judaism meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7pm. We will not meet on major Jewish holidays. 

Syllabus - A Peak
  • What Jews Believe About God

  • How God Speaks to Us: Torah She’bichtav (The Written Torah - Tanakh)

  • How God Speaks to Us: Torah She’be’al Peh  (The Oral Torah - Talmud)

  • How We Speak to God: T’fillah (Prayer)

  • How We Speak to God: Mitzvot (Commandments)

  • A Temple in Time: Shabbat

  • Kashrut

  • The Jewish Calendar and the Three Pilgrimage Festivals

  • Pesach

  • The Days of Awe 

  • Life Cycle I - Birth/B’nai Mitzvah 

  • Life Cycle II - Marriage/Sexuality/Divorce

  • Life Cycle III - Illness and Death 

  • Suffering: Why does God allow it?

  • Eschatology - Jewish Beliefs about Death

  • It’s Not Easy Being a Jew 

  • Zionism and the Modern State of Israel

  • Living as American Jews - Jewish Values